You know, I could tell everyone where the best skiing is on the mountains, but what good would that do for me? Have all the powder stashes skied out? I've been skiing Whistler since 1973, and Blackcomb since it opened. Over that time, regulars and locals have found new places to hide in as lift expansion took away secret chutes.
Among that reason, there is the issue of safety. I have no idea how good you are as a skier. You might be better than me, but I can't be certain of that. If I send you into an area that is above your level, and you hurt yourself or worse, what will the consequences towards me be?
Also, if you are not able to ski the areas properly, and end up ruining the snow for other, will you feel good about that?
Whistler/Blackcomb truly have double black diamond runs. These aren't runs that have been designated so just so they can show some on the trail map. Glacier Couloir, Glacier Cirque, and West Cirque are all very steep and narrow, with a few leaps over rocks mid way through (this year).
Consider hooking up with a local and following him/her around. Chances are they'll show you, which is what I do, since I'll know your skiing ability before you make your first turn (Its how you stand and move around in ski gear).
As to apres and night life... Longhorn, GLC, Duhb Lin Gate, Garfs, Mojo's, Bill's, Tommy's, Rabid Puppy (aka Savage Beagle).
Umberto's (Il Caminetto or La Tratorria) -awesome, but pricey, italian
Quatros - similarily awesome and pricey italian
Ulis Flip Side - reasonable priced, awesome pasta
Milestones and Earls. Both have Americanish menus, with a bit more culture thrown in.
Sushi Village - very good, ummm, sushi
Teppan Village - very good, ummm, teppan
Tandori - Indian at its finest. Reasonable, and really yummy if you like curries etc.
Brew House- lots of meat and self brewed beers.
Keg and Hyes - Both are steak houses.
You can get anything you want to eat in Whistler. Figure out what you want, then ask where it is. Rotten Ronny's, Dirty Bird, Slug Way, Domino's, etc is also in the valley.
I don't know who has tele gear for rent. Try Katmandu. (Beside Dirty Bird)
Have fun on your trip. Altitude 2001 is from the 4th to 11th of Feb, so if you're around then, don't drop your keys, and reserve early for restaurants.
[This message has been edited by BetaRacer (edited January 30, 2001).]</FONT>